Products from two CSR brands were specified to meet the internal lining requirements of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, billed as one of the single largest infrastructure projects undertaken in South Australian history.

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital is the latest example of how CSR Gyprock plasterboard and Bradford Insulation products are delivering effective solutions for the Australian healthcare market. Established names in the Australian construction industry for more than half a century, the two iconic brands are part of CSR, one of Australia’s most respected building materials companies.

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) will be Australia’s most advanced hospital incorporating innovations from hospitals around the world and providing world-class care for the people of the state.

Construction commenced in 2011 led by the SA Health Partnership (SAHP) consortium, which includes Leighton Contractors, Hansen Yuncken and Spotless. While the structure and façade have been completed, the internal fitout and commissioning are due for completion in 2015.

The Gyprock and Bradford brands met the high performance standards specified by SA Health for enabling energy efficient and increased comfort and safety solutions to be designed into the building. With the facility nominated as ‘Critical Infrastructure’ and built in a seismic zone, the combined technical resources of CSR’s DesignLINK team, which included the Research and Development division, were required to provide fully supported wall and ceiling solutions that would meet the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the National Construction Code (NCC).

CSR Gyprock’s high performance plasterboard, EC08 Complete was selected for the wall and ceiling linings throughout the nRAH. A premium, multi-function plasterboard engineered to meet the highest standards across a broad range of performance requirements, EC08 Complete is Australia’s first environmental plasterboard with mould resistance, making it ideal for specialised construction projects such as Health and Aged Care where mould, moisture and impact resistance is imperative. The low VOC EC08 Complete plasterboard is manufactured to Australian Standard AS2588.

Gyprock’s EC08 Complete, which is certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), will also assist nRAH, designed to be one of Australia’s greenest hospitals, in meeting Green Star requirements.

The contract for internal walls and ceilings was issued as a design and construct contract, which required the sub-contractor, Brighton Australia Pty Ltd to propose solutions to meet the technical specifications including mould, fire, acoustic, impact and moisture resistance. Using the technical resources of DesignLINK, the SA Gyprock team was able to offer the sub-contractor, value engineered solutions with a concise number of systems to ensure ease of installation and maximise efficiency. EC08 Complete’s broad attributes meant the contractor was able to use one plasterboard type throughout the entire project, eliminating any risk of installation errors.

CSR Bradford’s Acoustigard Glasswool insulation rolls and semi-rigid Glasswool Supertel boards were also used to fill the interior partitions and walls internally and externally.

DesignLINK offered a customised design solution for the combined CSR system and construction needs, including developing Revit Families for all the wall types and providing support and advice on managing the Revit Model; preparation of shop drawings for installation details and coordinating the details of Gyprock and Bradford; providing site visits to respond to ongoing site installation matters; developing new installation methods and commissioning supporting fire assessments; developing specialist details for seismic construction; responding to ongoing technical enquiries relating to the coordination of services; and providing written support to the main contractor as required.

The nRAH is the largest healthcare project that CSR has been involved in to date. CSR Lightweight Systems Commercial Segment Manager, Barry Fitzharris recognises the magnitude of the project and what it means for Gyprock and Bradford to be involved, commenting that it has been a privilege to be associated with Australia’s most advanced hospital right from the construction phase.